Groove Builder thoroughly examines the art and science of "groove" by working through a variety of arrangements designed to illustrate the interplay between bass, drums and various rhythm and lead guitar parts. Students work through an intensive curriculum focused on training their "ears" and improving their rhythm, arrangement and composition chops to achieve and maintain the all-important groove.
TrueFire's resident educational guru, Brad Carlton authored Groove Builder as a follow-up to his highly popular Rhythmic Grooves curriculum; however the material is an ideal stand-alone course for students with a relatively solid grasp of rhythmic figures.
Starting from the bottom up, Carlton demonstrates how to establish the foundation of a groove with bass and drum parts. These sections of the course teach students of guitar how to "hear" and analyze what's going on rhythmically. This essential skill must be developed to create rhythm guitar parts that lock solidly into the groove; an ability that most intermediate players have not yet fully mastered.
Students works through a variety of grooves including 8th note, 16th note, shuffle, straight, swing, R&B, rock, funk, ballad, fusion and blues. With each groove, the bass and drum parts are analyzed and the rhythm guitar parts are discussed and created accordingly. This is a particularly "ear opening" series of lessons for players of all levels.
Now the fun begins. Once all of the grooves are established, the arrangements are flushed out and orchestrated with additional rhythm guitar parts, bubble parts and then melody and lead parts. This construction process reveals all of the fundamentals and finesse required for composing or arranging tunes as well as learning how to "play nice with others" (read avoid train wrecks!) in any band or jam setting.
If you compose, arrange, record, play in a band or just jam with friends, Groove Builder is a must for your practice regimen and reference library. As with most Carlton study programs, this one's no breeze and students need to be prepared to invest the time to work through all of the material at their own pace.